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at another high-profile republican. this morning paul ryan gave the republican weekly address and pushed his budget proposal explaining why he is so focused on balancing the budget. >> the budget is a means to an end. we are not balancing the budget as an accounting exercise. we're not trying to simply make numbers add up. we're trying to improve people's lives. >> so, andy, if paul ryan connecting a balanced budget to improving people's lives, do you think the gop senses it needs to do a better job of explaining why balancing the budget should matter to people? >> paul ryan obviously understand that point. he realizes as we just heard that connecting the budget, this is an issue that maybe the republican party can use to reach out to hispanic voters, to reach out to women voters, to reach out to those blocs that the party has had so much trouble with. the problem is the product paul ryan is offering is absolutely no different from the product that has been so unpopular in the past. so maybe they can put new wrapping on the report or a new message behind it. the nuts and bolts of it are real
problem. >> so you agree with the president on that. >> yes. >> republican budget author congressman paul ryan was less generous however in his take. >> to borrow a phrase from my friender skin bowls, we are the healthiest horse in the glue factory. we know it's not happening now, but lit happen. >>> this week president obama will embark for the middle east making his first trip to israel since taking office four plus years ago. with me is peter alexander. the president is on the ground for how long over the next few days? >> reporter: he doesn't leave here until late tuesday and will be on the ground in israel for barely four hours. he's not bringing with him any senior advisors and a new peace plan in terms of a two-state solution between the palestinians and the israelis. this makes this trip more about optics than it is approximately ticks. president obama only the fifth u.s. president to go to the state of israel. among the first things he will do after he gets off a air force one, they will roll out one of those iron dome missile defense systems, heavily furnded by the u.s. in helpi
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